Patty Erickson Joins ASCAP as Senior Vice President, Human Resources

March 1, 2021

Patty Erickson 

NEW YORK, March 1, 2021 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announces that Patty Erickson has joined the ASCAP team as Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources. Erickson will report to ASCAP Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Matthews. She will oversee human resources at ASCAP and work closely with Matthews on leadership, culture, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.


“Patty’s energy and previous experience with media and mission-driven organizations is a perfect strategic fit for ASCAP,” said Matthews. “Throughout her career, she has helped companies grow, change and adapt to complex challenges while navigating numerous changes in the media industry with grace and tenacity. I am looking forward to working with her on ASCAP’s continued evolution and on defining our new normal during and after this global pandemic.”


“I am excited to play a role in ASCAP’s next chapter,” said Erickson. “While the current environment is challenging, it has also presented opportunities for change and renewal. I am excited to get to work with the ASCAP team to evolve the organization to meet existing and future challenges.”


Erickson comes to ASCAP from BBC Studios Americas, where she was Senior VP and Head of Human Resources. There, as a member of the executive leadership team, she oversaw and advised on a full spectrum of strategic and operational HR activities including diversity and inclusion, organizational structure design and implementation, culture enhancement, talent management, employee engagement and policies, practices and protocols during the COVID-19 public health crisis.


Prior to BBC Americas, Erickson held senior HR positions at RHI Entertainment, Inc., Viacom, Inc., and earlier in her HR career at book publisher HarperCollins. She is also a certified leadership and wellness coach.


Erickson succeeds Carolyn Jensen, who is retiring after successfully leading ASCAP’s HR function for 17 years, during which she helped engender a culture of respect, innovation and collaboration.



The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 825,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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